On Friday, around 08:30, a vehicle exploded in the residential area of Mariupol, killing an operative of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine, Colonel Oleksandr Haraberyush, the security agency’s press service reported, according to UNIAN.
“The SBU will do everything to identify and punish the perpetrators. We pay our debts fast,” said the SBU chief, Vasyl Hrytsak. According to initial police reports, the victim of the explosion was the car’s driver.
Police deem the incident a terrorist act. Criminal proceedings have been launched. “One of the versions of the blast is the involvement of an organized sabotage and reconnaissance group of ‘DPR’ terrorists,” according to the Donetsk region’s police chief, Vyacheslav Abroskin. Police forces have been put on higher alert across the area.
Russian-occupation forces continue attacking Ukraine troops; hottest spot near Luhanske
Enemy shelling of the Ukrainian troops in the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation continued in the past day, with 69 attacks of the Russian-occupation forces recorded on the position of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, ATO Headquarters wrote on Facebook, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
“The Donetsk direction remains the epicenter of hostilities, with the settlement of Luhanske being the hottest spot over the past 24 hours, where Ukraine troops were fired upon with 122mm artillery, 120mm and 82mm mortars, IFVs, grenade launchers, and large-caliber machine guns. The enemy also fired 120mm and 82mm mortars on positions near Troyitske and Kam’ianka,” the report reads.
According to the headquarters, an enemy tank fired on the defenders of Avdiyivka, while an IFV hit the strongpoints of Ukrainian troops in the area of Opytne. Grenade launchers were fired at positions near Zaitseve, and large-caliber machine guns – at the defenders of Nevelske.”
In the Mariupol direction, the enemy fired 82mm mortars at Ukraine positions in the area of Mar’inka, Krasnohorivka, and Pavlopil, while the enemy’s IFV fired on the defenders of Maryinka and Shyrokine. Russian-terrorist forces fired grenade launchers and large-caliber machine guns near Vodiane, Pavlopil, Maryinka, and Krasnohorivka. Enemy snipers were active near Novotroyitske,” it was reported.
In the Luhansk direction, strongpoints near Troyitske were shelled from 120mm mortars, while 82mm mortars were fired on Ukrainian positions near Novo-Oleksandrivka. Grenade launchers of various types were fired at the defenders of Stanitsa Luhanska, Troyitske, Valuiske, Popasna, and Novozvanivka. Ukrainian soldiers near Valuiske were fired upon with large-caliber machine guns. As a result of significant fire activity of the enemy, Ukrainian troops returned fire repeatedly.
Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug has reported about civilian casualties in the war in eastern Ukraine, saying 21 civilians were killed and 95 were injured since the beginning of the current year.
“Violence comes with human cost: since January 1, the SMM has confirmed 116 civilian casualties: 21 fatalities and 95 injuries,” he said at a briefing on Thursday, March 30.
This would not have happened if no weapons had been there, he added. As was reported earlier, the OSCE SMM registered at least 3,930 explosions from multiple rocket launchers, artillery systems and mortars last week alone.
The An-132D aircraft manufactured by Antonov state corporation on Friday, March 31, successfully completed its first flight, flying from the airdrome of Sviatoshyne to Hostomel airfield (Kyiv region), Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.
According to an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent, after landing in Hostomel airfield, the crew of the plane was met by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian officials and representatives of Saudi Arabia.
“The creation of this transport plane was joined by the leading enterprises of the world’s aircraft manufacturing: companies from the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany and many other countries. The An-132D is a unique example in the history of Ukrainian aviation that proves the need to develop the introduction of production cooperation with Western partners. Now this cooperation is being built up with NATO member states, which is in line with the development strategy of our state,” Poroshenko said.
The president expressed hope that with joint cooperation with foreign partners the serial production of An-132D aircraft will be launched.